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Resources and Glossary for Alzheimer's and Dementia

Glossary and Resources


Alzheimer’s Helpline – 1-800-272-3900


Mild Cognitive Impairment – MCI; early stage marked by forgetfulness and small moments of confusion


Dementia – dementias including cardio vascular, frontal-temporal, and Lewy Body


Alzheimer’s disease – degenerative process as brain shrinks and memories fade


Support Groups – gatherings of like-minded people to help guide others through the morass of a variety of conditions and diseases


Respite – care offered so that caregivers can attend to the challenges of daily life while a loved one is watched over by a reliable friend or companion


Cultural Competence – working to understand differences and similarities of different cultural backgrounds


Building capacity – helping people advance skills and talents


Care partner versus Caregiver – in the words of the Winnemucca Alzheimer’s Support Group:

Care Partner is co-decision making in the early stages of dementia

Caregiver comes later when total responsibility rests with an individual caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia


Power(s) of Attorney – lawful rights to make medical and financial decisions when an individual is no longer able responsibly able to do so


Autonomy – personal, unalienable rights


Least Restrictive environment – prime conditions for living and striving in a safe and secure environment


Guardianship – a legal placement of an individual who can no longer make responsible decisions


Brain Health – taking good care of the brain through diet, exercise, stimulation, education, and reducing risky behaviors


Lifestyle Intervention – replacing risky behaviors with brain-wise alternatives

Communication – speaking, listening, gestures, actions, drawings, charts, pictures, eye contact, touch, and anything that helps get a message across to another person.


Triggers – new places, people, actions, behaviors that disrupt peace and harmony, changing a schedule, anything that invades a clam atmosphere. Knowing the triggers helps a caregiver avoid them.



Nevada 2-1-1 – information on just about every topic imaginable


Winnemucca Alzheimer’s Support Group – 1-775-304-2899


Police Department – 911

Winnemucca - 1-775-623-6396


Humboldt County Sheriff – 1-775-623-6419


Humboldt General Hospital – 1-775-623-5222


Age- and Dementia-Friendly Winnemucca and Humboldt County –


Winnemucca RSVP (Rural Senior Volunteer Program – transportation; care)

1-775-623-1134


Humboldt Volunteer Hospice – 1-775-625-4040


Power Tools for Caregivers information and registration – 1-702-616-4912


Genesis Health Care – 1-775-625-1002


VARN – Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada – 1-775-883-8296


Winnemucca Pleasant Senior Center – 1-775-623-9233


Sanford Center for Aging at UNR – 1-775-784-4774



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